The Human Rights Campaign is excited to launch its twelfth video for the New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign with the addition of former first daughter Barbara Bush. Bush’s advocacy shows that equality knows no party label and raises the profile of this timely fight for equal marriage rights in the Empire State. The new video can be viewed online at www.hrc.org/NY4marriage.
Barbara Bush joins prominent Republicans like her mother Laura Bush as well as Dick Cheney and Ted Olson as supporters of marriage equality. Her position also reflects her generation with 68% of New Yorkers between the ages of 18-34 supporting marriage for same-sex couples.
In this twelfth installment, Bush joins Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Mayor Bloomberg, Whoopi Goldberg, Fran Drescher, Moby, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, actors Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, Julianne Moore, designer Kenneth Cole and Broadway star Daphne Rubin-Vega to support marriage equality in the state. HRC plans to continue joining with prominent New Yorkers speaking out in support for marriage equality. Many more voices are to come in the days ahead, including: David Chang, Tom Colicchio, Ethan and Ryan Hawke, Christopher Meloni and Joan Rivers.
A January 2011 Siena Research Institute Poll found 57% of New Yorkers support marriage equality. In another poll released today by Quinnipiac University, New Yorkers support marriage equality by the highest margin ever in that poll (56% to 37% opposed).